Archive for July, 2009

Jets RB Washington absent amid contract talks

Jets running back Leon Washington was a no-show at the first day of training camp Thursday, amid ongoing contract negotiations.

Washington is scheduled to make $535,000 this season, the final year of his rookie deal. He is reported to be seeking a contract worth approximately $6 million a year.

Brady takes snaps at Patriots camp

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady took snaps at practice Thursday as the team opened training camp, even leading the team through drills amid a terrential downpour.

NFL Network’s Kara Henderson has more observations from a Patriots training camp, that she says appears tobe more intense than years past.

Rams sign No. 2 overall draft pick Smith

The Rams announced that they have signed rookie OT Jason Smith, the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft, to a contract. Terms weren’t disclosed.

Notes from Eagles camp: DC Johnson remembered

Thomas George offers up a few quick notes from Eagles practice in Bethlehem, Pa., where the letters “JJ,” honoring late defensive coordinator Jim Johnson, remain on an adjacent field.

Roundup: Bears open camp with new safety lineup

The Bears opened training camp with Danieal Manning lined up at free safety and Kevin Payne at strong safety. The alignment is the same one the Bears used to end last season, and Smith might be searching for some consistency in what has been an ever-changing position.

New motto for Raiders?

Whether it be the iconic message “Just win, baby!” or the ever-popular saying “Commitment to Excellence”, the Silver and Black have cornered the market on catch phrases over the years.

Oakland coach Tom Cable strode up to the podium at training camp today with a new entry into the Raiders lexicon.

Robinson not planning to sign, report to Texans camp

Former first-round draft pick Dunta Robinson has yet to sign his one-year franchise tender from the Texans and could miss the start of training camp, according to a source.

No relaxing for Belichick, Brady at Patriots camp

Unlike last year, when they alternated single sessions with two-a-days, the Patriots are opening camp this year with two practices a day for seven straight days. Coach Bill Belichick says it will help build the stamina of his players. Kevin Faulk‘s Belichickian response to it? That’s just coach being coach.

Patriots place DE Warren on PUP list

Defensive end Ty Warren is among five Patriots players to open training camp on the physically unable to perform list. Also included on the list is LB Shawn Crable, offensive linemen Mark LeVoir and Rich Ohrnberger, and DL Darryl Richard.

The team also placed CB Shawn Springs and WR Brandon Tate on the active non-football injury list.

Heyward-Bey agrees to terms; Rams close in on Smith

No. 7 overall draft pick Darrius Heyward-Bey has agreed to terms on a five-year contract with the Raiders, according to his agent, Ben Dogra. Meanwhile, the Rams and No. 2 overall pick Jason Smith are close to finalizing a deal.

Fantasy Focus chat LIVE, Thursday, 2 p.m. ET

Michael Fabiano will be holding a LIVE fantasy football chat on Thursday, July 30 at 2 p.m. EST. Ask your burning questions now!

Better late than never: Boldin arrives at Cards camp

Anquan Boldin arrived at Cardinals camp, albeit a little late. Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said the wide receiver was on his way to Flagstaff, Ariz., on Wednesday when he turned around to retrieve WR Early Doucet and LB Ali Highsmith, two teammates stranded because of car trouble.

Ravens rookie Oher agrees to terms on five-year deal

Rookie OT Michael Oher ended a two-day holdout from Ravens camp after agreeing to terms on a five-year contract. Oher was the 23rd overall pick in April’s NFL draft.

Vikings ready to move on without Favre

The Minnesota Vikings wanted Brett Favre to be their quarterback, but the future Hall of Famer decided to stay retired.

Now, Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels will compete for the starting job. Coach Brad Childress is focused on moving on from the Favre talk and said the team is “more than content” with Jackson and Rosenfels competing for the right to lead the offense.

Packers’ Collins will report to camp on time

Despite being unhappy about his contract, it appears Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins will report to training camp with the rest of the team on Friday.

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